The Drury Leadership Collaborative, formerly the Center for Nonprofit Leadership, advances the vision of the College of Graduate Studies in developing responsible leaders who aspire to thrive within their professions and service activities. The Leadership Collaborative is home to graduate-level academic programs, events, and initiatives that support leadership development through the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge.
The Drury Nonprofit Leadership Conference brings together industry leaders for one of the largest continuing education and networking opportunities of nonprofit professionals in the state.
The theme for this 10th annual event is “Resilient and Refocused,” spotlighting the ways in which nonprofit leaders and teams are re-examining their organizations’ missions, operations, financial goals and strategic plans following the pandemic.
Conference registration will open July 1. Although the conference will return to a largely in-person format, organizers expect some measure of virtual programming options to remain after last year’s all-virtual format allowed attendees from across the country to participate.
The keynote speaker will be Kim Becking, an attorney, entrepreneur, communications strategist and breast cancer survivor. She has been featured in national outlets such as People, SELF, The New York Times, and “Good Morning America” for her expertise on resilience and thriving amid change. Based in Columbia, Missouri, Becking helps her audiences develop a “momentum mindset” for pushing past limited thinking, getting unstuck and using change and adversity as fuel for moving ahead.
Presentations should provide timely and relevant information for the nonprofit community. Sessions may feature case studies, best practices, new or evolving frameworks, innovative campaigns, tools/resources, or any content that nurtures resiliency and adaptability in organizations.
Proposals may be submitted online at: https://www.drury.edu/leadership-collaborative/proposals. Deadline for proposal submission is June 30.
The Drury Leadership Collaborative is led by Dr. Lori Slater. Dr. Slater has been with Drury University as a full-time faculty member in the School of Education and Child Development since 2017. Prior to entering the field of education, she spent many years in San Diego in the hospitality field, and several years in Nevada in the mortgage industry. Her time in education has included teaching in a high school classroom, providing mentorship at a school district level, working for a state department of education, providing professional learning to teachers and administrators, and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses.
“The Leadership Collaborative is focused on meeting the unique needs of professional’s who are wanting that next step or a path to their next point in life. Employment demands have changed and it is exciting to be able to have options through graduate level certificates or masters degrees to foster the next leaders.” Lori Slater